Game 139: Ducks at Revolution

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(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park (York, Pa.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (31-37; 71-67) play the third game of a four-game series against the York Revolution (35-33; 75-63) on Saturday night. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths by virtue of winning the first half in their respective divisions. Long Island will take on the Somerset Patriots in the Liberty Division Championship Series, as Somerset clinched the second half title with a win on Friday night. York will take on the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division Championship Series, as the Skeeters clinched the second half title with a walk-off win on Friday. The Revolution leads the season series with the Ducks 11-7 and have taken five of eight games thus far in York.

YESTERDAY’S RESULT: The formula remained the same for the Flock, as early runs and a dominant performance from the starting pitcher gave Long Island a 4-1 win over York, their third consecutive victory and fifth in the past six games.

The Ducks were able to strike early once again as they faced Micah Owings (7-6). Ruben Gotay and Tyler Colvin, who each finished with three hits, reached on back-to-back singles to begin the second inning. After Mike Dowd and Anthony Vega were retired, Fehlandt Lentini came through with a two-run triple to give the Flock a 2-0 lead. One inning later, Gotay drove an RBI single to center field with one out, scoring Delta Cleary Jr. with Long Island’s third run. Three innings later, a trio of singles loaded the bases for Long Island with one out. Lentini followed with an RBI fielder’s choice, scoring Gotay to put the Ducks in front 4-0.

Meanwhile, Matt Larkins (1-0) was superb on the mound for the Ducks. In his second start with Long Island, the right-hander faced minimal trouble in seven innings of one-run ball. He was able to retire three straight after allowing a leadoff double to Kevin Rivers in the second, and his only hiccup came in the seventh when Andres Perez launched a one-out solo home run over the Arch Nemesis in left field. Michael Burgess and Michael Rockett followed with back-to-back singles, bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Bryan Pounds grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Long Island’s bullpen was able to lock down the victory with ease. Luis Perdomo retired his former team in order in the eighth on two groundouts and a strikeout. Then, Todd Coffey allowed just a single in a scoreless ninth, getting Burgess to pop out to left for the final out. It was Coffey’s 26th save of the season.

ON THE MOUND: Nick Struck will make his final start of the regular season for the Ducks on Saturday. The right-hander has compiled a 3-5 record this season with a 3.45 ERA in 38 games (eight starts) this season. He has allowed three earned runs or less in each of those eight starts and has given up 18 runs (15 earned) in 45 innings as a starter, good for a 3.00 ERA. Struck’s most recent start game against York last Sunday, and he earned the win with six and two-thirds innings of three-run ball, yielding six hits and three walks while striking out a season-high eight. His only mistake was a three-run home run hit by Pounds in the seventh inning. Overall, the second-year Duck has faced the Revolution six times in 2016 (two starts) and is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA and a .186 opponents’ batting average.

Frank Gailey will toe the rubber on Saturday for the Revolution. The left-hander has been York’s top starter this season, as he enters with a 6-4 record and a 2.94 ERA in 25 games (19 starts). He most recently pitched on the road at Lancaster on Monday and picked up the win with seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and two walks while striking out two in a 1-0 triumph. Gailey has made three consecutive quality starts and has allowed three runs or less in each of his past four outings. This season, he has made three starts against the Ducks and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings of work.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action from tonight’s game live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming audio will also be available online by CLICKING HERE. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#23 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS
#5   Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#2   Cody Puckett – 3B
#15 Ruben Gotay – 2B
#32 Tyler Colvin – 1B
#29 Mike Dowd – C
#27 Anthony Vega – LF

#24 Nick Struck – RHP

Revolution
#10 Jared Mitchell – RF
#2   Michael Rockett – CF
#16 Isaias Tejeda – C
#21 Michael Burgess – DH
#7   Andres Perez – 2B
#15 Kevin Rivers – LF
#28 Joel Guzman – 1B
#14 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#4   Josh Wilson – SS

#29 Frank Gailey – LHP

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UPDATE (6:42): TOP 1: Delta Cleary Jr. launches a three-run blast over the Arch Nemesis in left! His third homer of the year puts the Ducks on top 3-0!

UPDATE (7:03): BOT 2: After escaping a first-and-second, no-out jam in the first, Nick Struck strikes out the side in the second! Still 3-0 Flock.

UPDATE (7:36): BOT 4: Two more strikeouts for Struck, who now has seven in four scoreless innings! Ducks lead remains 3-0.

UPDATE (7:53): BOT 5: York gets on the scoreboard, as Josh Wilson comes home on a wild pitch. Ducks lead is now 3-1 after five.

UPDATE (8:12): BOT 6: Patrick Crider relieves Struck in the sixth and strikes out the side in dominant fashion! 3-1 Flock after six.

UPDATE (8:27): TOP 7: Mike Dowd launches a mammoth two-run blast over the Arch Nemesis! His fourth of the season extends the Ducks lead to 5-1!

UPDATE (8:45): TOP 8: Tyler Colvin plays wall ball! His two-run double off the Arch Nemesis extends the advantage to 7-1 for Long Island!

UPDATE (8:58): BOT 8: Jared Mitchell lifts a solo homer over the wall in right. His eighth of the year closes the gap to 7-2 in favor of the Flock.

UPDATE (9:33): FINAL: Revs score two, but Todd Coffey strikes out Michael Rockett! Ducks top the Revolution, 7-4, for their fourth straight win!

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